Croatia has become one of the ‘must see’ destinations over recent years. And we know that the best way to really enjoy everything an area has to offer is to go exploring by bike – so that is what we’ll be doing for 14 days in September 2019. Great mainland loops combined with stunning island hopping rides will make this a true bucket list holiday.
Croatia has an incredible range of stunning scenery on offer, from the romantic countryside of Istria Peninsula, to the charming fishing villages of the northern Dalmatia coastline and the beautiful beaches of the southern Dalmatia islands.
Day 1 – 4:
We start the Croatia Tour with a pick up from Zagreb Airport and transfer to the northern part of the Istria Peninsula. We will spend the first four days of this tour enjoying riding through the beautiful countryside of Istria. This is the heart of Croatia’s famous vineyard, olive and truffle area. It is the perfect place to get the legs moving on the mixture of rolling and pinch climbs before tackling one of the longer (17km) climbs of the area. The rustic villages and the fortified towns provide a magical backdrop to our introduction rides. During the four nights here we will also have our first taste of island riding, spending a day on Cres Island.
Day 5 – 7:
From Istria we begin the transfer stage of our tour, enjoying the coastal rides and stunning views as we head south, spending a night at a charming fishing village town along the route towards Split. The views we enjoy along these transfer rides are breath taking, as we combine a mixture of coastal roads and climbs to get the best views on offer.
The next couple of nights are spent near Split, which will offer a well deserved light ride/rest day and an opportunity to go exploring one of Croatia most famous towns on foot.
Day 8 – 9:
The next ride starts with a ferry transfer to the island of Brac, then a loop of this magnificent island. A lunch stop at a magical little port town is as much a highlight as the rolling terrain and incredible views throughout this ride. We finish the day with a ferry transfer back to the mainland and our next setting for the next two nights.
The most famous stage of the World Tour ‘Tour of Croatia’ finishes atop the Sveti Jure climb in the Biokovo National Park. This ride climbs from our hotel at sea level to 1762m (the third highest peak in Croatia) within 31km, so is a massive challenge in anyone’s book. The road is not for the faint hearted, but the views are simply stunning and the achievement is an unforgettable tick on the bucket list.
Day 10 – 12:
Next stop is the gem of the southern Dalmatia islands – Hvar. We start with a ferry transfer, then ride the spectacular roads to our hotel that sits in the heart of the most incredible ‘old town’ you can imagine. We will spend the next three nights here, riding more of the back road loops that Hvar has on offer, as well as a day ride to another Croatian island paradise – Korčula Island.
Day 13 – 14:
As much as we won’t want to leave this special part of the world, we must transfer to our hotel for the final night of the Croatia Tour, which is spent near Dubrovnik. This is a town that needs no introduction, with the walls of the old town welcoming a growing number of visitors every year. No – we won’t be riding our bikes in the old town, but the opportunity is there to see what all the fuss is about. Our final day is a drop off at Dubrovnik to sadly call the end of this awesome Croatia Tour.